Intermodal carriers call on partners to respect chassis choice

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Trucks with shipping containers line up to be loaded onto a container ship at Port Elizabeth in Elizabeth, N.J., Wednesday, March 16, 2005. With the value of cargo at area docks reaching a record $114.5 billion in 2004, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Wednesday it is considering more than 20 sites as possible locations for new warehouse and distribution facilities. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
It is estimated that the move to abandon chassis interoperability pools will cost the trucking industry tens of millions of dollars a year. (The Trucker file photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference Tuesday urged two major ocean lines to continue allowing motor carriers to choose their chassis provider rather than moving to private pools where motor carriers are forced to pay a higher daily use rate.

“The IMCC and our members have worked hard to establish nationwide interoperable chassis pools,” said IMCC Executive Director Tyler Rushforth. “The decision by these ocean carriers to reject this common sense solution that allows customers to freely choose an intermodal chassis will be costly to motor carriers and cause economic damage to the supply chain.”

IMCC estimates that the move to abandon chassis interoperability pools will cost the trucking industry tens of millions of dollars a year.

“We’re disappointed that China Ocean Shipping Co. and Hyundai Merchant Marine have chosen to force their motor carrier partners to use private chassis pools,” said Rushforth. “This shortsighted decision will cost consumers millions of dollars and cause untold shipping delays. We urge them to reconsider immediately.”

In addition to directly appealing to these carriers, Rushforth said IMCC would be seeking relief from the Federal Maritime Commission.

 

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